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Cassidy, Queen's Square | June 1, 2020

Being stuck at home has meant plenty of free time to catch up on games that I've been meaning to play. And while single-player games are a fun and engaging way to pass the time (maybe too much fun, since I keep forgetting to go to bed because of Dragon Age: Inquisition), they can also be an amazing way to keep in touch with your friends when you can’t be together physically. Here are a couple ways to keep connected in virtual spaces:

1. Group Gaming

MMORPGs (Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Games) are, as the name suggests, made to play in groups, and a great way to spend time together. Many MMOs like Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Lord of the Rings Online, and, of course, World of Warcraft are free to play (though often with level and area restrictions) and allow you to travel as a party. Running programs like Skype and Discord in the background allow you to be on a group voice call at the same time, catching up and chatting in between planning your next fight.

If a smaller world is more your thing, and your friends happen to have copies of Animal Crossing: New Horizons, you can do the same thing with Nintendo Online (though it costs a small monthly fee). You can all give tours of your islands, watch the stars, swap items, and use the voice chat feature on the Nintendo Online mobile app to chat in real time as your characters picnic together under an apple tree.

2. Tabletop Games

Do you miss your regular Dungeons and Dragons or other tabletop roleplaying game session? While nothing is quite like getting the table set up with dice, character sheets, maps, and most importantly, snacks, websites like Roll20 and Fantasy Grounds allow you to meet virtually, with features like video/audio sharing, maps, music and built-in character sheets to make the game that much more immersive.

Now is a great time to try a new game or explore a new world, and adventures are always better with friends! So why not text a friend or family member, download a game, and take on new characters and new quests to stay entertained, excited, and connected.